About the Show
In 1686, 18-year-old Nella Oortman (Anya Taylor-Joy) arrives in Amsterdam to meet her wealthy merchant husband Johannes Brandt (Alex Hassell), but is instead met by his sister Marin (Romola Garai). When Johannes appears, he presents her with a wedding gift: a cabinet that is a miniature replica of their home, to be furnished by an elusive Miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror what is happening within the house in unexpected ways and seem to be predicting and unraveling the future with unsettling precision.
As Nella begins to uncover its secrets and those of the Brandt household she realizes the escalating dangers that await them all. Does the Miniaturist hold their fate in her hands? And will she be the key to their salvation or the architect of their downfall?
Adapted from Jessie Burton’s internationally best-selling novel, The Miniaturist, a ravishing three-part period thriller.
About the Miniatures
An excerpt from Masterpiece’s website provides some insight into the miniatures:
“As a wedding gift from her husband, Nella receives a dollhouse replica of her prestigious new home, and commissions items to furnish it from a local miniaturist…who begins sending eerily insightful items far beyond Nella’s requests. In order to create the dollhouse, the production—which, unlike our titular miniaturist, was not in possession of supernatural or otherwise mysterious miniature-making skills—turned to Mulvany & Rogers, designers of one-twelfth scale bespoke miniatures and dollhouses. Working their own magic through historical research and replicating the props from the production, they produced numerous miniature items (the parakeet cage, a stringed lute) themselves, while commissioning other items from more specialized artisans, who created everything from tiny pastries to a hand-carved wooden cradle.”
Read more about the making of The Miniaturist.
The Miniaturist will air Sept. 9-23, 2018; on Masterpiece/PBS. Check your local PBS schedule for airing times. KQED San Francisco schedule
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